Something has been bothering me for some time, so i want to get it off of my chest. First I will say that i am fortunate and have been throughout the schooling process. I have my LPN and am finishing my final 2 semesters for my RN. What has been eating at me is this: coming in to the college scene i knew i was MINORITY in the nursing field. I thought that maybe it would be my turn to get some assistance, I was told the The Women's Resource Center has funds for men going into nursing because we are non-traditional students. I thought THAT IS GREAT, and ONLY RIGHT. However, I have not received one red cent from the center. Well, no biggie really, I can manage and do what i have to do to get through this. HOWEVER, and what BURNS MY *** is that, apparently all you have to do to get EVERYTHING paid for is:
be a female,
who CHOOSES to get pregnant with her "baby daddy" or whatever you want to call him,
or maybe they are a legitimate couple who chooses to not get married(which doesn't concern me)
Have any of you seen this? I guess it is societies fault once again that this woman had sex, got pregnant, and whoever the guy is MUST HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY AT FAULT, "so here you go young lady, it's all free for you."
I do not even have to be convinced that there are legit cases out there who need help, i am all for it so don't waste your breath or time on that subject. Just another example of a messed up system where the details don't matter, apparently it must be someone elses fault.
So why else does it burn me? because I too have kids to raise, have worked my *** off my whole life, have never sat around without a job and all I get is the cold shoulder!!
So there it is. Just wanted to get it off of my chest. My college experience has been wonderful as a whole, I just think that this situation is discrimination.
off my whole life
Really? I want to know where that free money you are talking about comes from. I'm a single mom and haven't seen it. I do get the state and federal grants, but everyone i know that is an independent student gets those(yes including all the male students i am friends with). And my first semester back to school after i lost my job when was doing prereqs i wasn't even eligable for them because i didn't apply for them in time, so that was 100% out of pocket. I have only seen one scholarship application that was specificly only for single moms, and it was for $500.
There is no special free college program for single moms...are there some scholarships only for single moms....yeah....not many....and not free ride....like $500-1000. Really I think the illution that single moms get to go to school for free is because of young students who would still be considered dependent students, and so not be eligable for the grant money to the extent that independent students are, but having a child does change them from dependent to independent status and they can get the full grant amount, which is enough to pay 100% at a community college. (example....my little sister gets almost nothing in grants because she is a dependent student, so her and my dad have to either pay for it, or take out loans.....I am both older and would be independent by that measure, but am also a single mom). Being an older student or having a family also put you at an independent status so it is not just single moms that get full grants. I know my guy friends in nursing get it too....who are married with kids. The one that is doing the adn at community college, full grant is enough to completely pay for it....the one that is going to school where I am, it isn't, but his wife is a nurse and he is a PCT at a hospital that does tuition rembursment and our school is eligable, so he will get that on top of the grants.
And the single moms i know that already have a degree, but can not find employment with it, can not even get that grant money, and are paying 100% out of pocket
Last edit by PghRN30 on Feb 19, '11